Bangabandhu’s 99th birthday celebrated abroad

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DHAKA, March 18, 2018 (BSS) – Bangladesh missions aboard celebrated the 99th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day-2018 in a befitting manner yesterday (Saturday).

Elaborate programmes were drawn up to celebrate the birthday of the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bengali of all times who was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on March 17, 1920, according to messages received here today.

The day’s programmes included reading out messages of the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, placing wreaths at portraits of Bangabandhu, discussions on Bangabandhu’s life and works, different competitions for children and cultural functions.

A large number of expatriates, including political leaders and activists, media representatives and eminent citizens, attended the programmes.

On the occasion, Bangladesh permanent mission to the United Nations (UN) and Bangladesh Consulate General in New York jointly organized different programmes on Saturday.

The day’s programme began with welcome speech of Consul General of Bangladesh Consulate General in New York Shamim Ahsan. More than hundred of Bangalee children living in the United States participated in the programme held at Bangabandhu Auditorium at Bangladesh permanent mission to UN.

Later, a discussion was held on Bangabandhu’s life and works. The USA unit of Awami League President Dr Siddiqur Rahman and Ambassador and permanent Bangladesh Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen addressed the discussion, among others.

Earlier, art and essay writing competitions for children were held on March 10 in Long Island City of the New York.

Bangladesh High Commission in London also celebrated the day through different programmes, including placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu and holding discussion on Bangabandhu.

London unit of Awami League President Sultan Mahmud Sharif addressed a discussion as the main speaker with High Commissioner Md Nazmul Quaunine in the chair.

Apart from this, essay writing and painting competitions on ‘Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangladesh’ for the Bangladeshi expatriate children were held in the mission. Later, prizes and certificates of the competitions were also distributed among the winners.

Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan also arranged different programmes, including a discussion, drawing and essay writing competitions for children on “Historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu in 1971” and recitation of poems to mark the day.

The Chancery building and premises were decorated with colorful balloons, festoons and other glittering materials and were illuminated with colorful lights marking the occasion.

The day’s programme began with placing wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation by High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan. This was followed by cutting of a birthday-cake.

A special Munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of Bangabandhu.

Addressing the discussion on the life and works of Bangabandhu, High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan paid homage to the memory of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Later, a documentary on Bangabandhu’s life and works was screened in the function.

Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo also celebrated the birthday of Bangabandhu and National Children’s Day in a befitting manner.

Marking the day, the embassy organized a children fair on the embassy premises. At a function, Ambassador Rabab Fatima greeted all, including children. In beginning of the function, the messages of the President and Prime Minister were read out.

The day’s programme also included speech competition on the historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu and prize giving ceremony of the competition.

Bangladesh Embassy in Vietnam also celebrated the day through different programmes in a befitting manner.

Ambassador Samina Naz inaugurated the day’s programme by hoisting national flag. A special munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and prosperity of the country.

Bangladesh Embassy in Yangon organized different programmes on Bangabandhu’s birthday and National Children Day 2018.

A discussion was held at the embassy highlighting the life and works of Bangabandhu.

Addressing the discussion, Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Manjurul Karim Khan paid deep tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and recalled his great contribution to the birth of Bangladesh.

Later, a cultural programme was also held in the embassy.

Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata and Mumbai in India also organized different programmes on Bangabandhu’s birthday and National Children Day.

The day’s programmes included reading out the messages of President and Prime Minister, placing wreath at portraits of Bangabandhu, organizing different competitions and holding discussions.

Identical programmes were also organized in Bangladeshi missions and consulates in different countries to celebrate the birthday of founding father of Bangladesh and National Children’s Day.

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